Don’t Waste Your Content

Content marketing is more than just publishing good content – it’s knowing how to publish content.

I was recently asked to look at a how-to article published on Linkedin.

When I read the article I thought it to be very good.  Too good to be used in the way it was.

In fact, it is too long and provided way too much good information to be posted as a single article. The author is giving away too much information freely.  People value something more when they need to jump through a hoop to get it.  It would be better appreciated provided in installments or as a downloadable guide.

The hoop they need to jump through could be as simple as liking your fan page on social media or collecting their email address as part of list building.

My recommendation was to unpublish the article (maybe edit and leave a cut down version with a link) and instead turn it into either a downloadable free report/guide or offer it as a mini online course. It’s already substantial but I imagine they could expand it a little more without resorting to fluff.

Here are the two options:

  1. Create a report/guide in PDF format and offer as a free download when someone completes a required action. The action might be for you to like or join your social media channel or to provide their email address
  2. Create a mini-course delivered via pages on your website. No real need to protect the pages.  Just do not link to the pages and edit your robots file to tell search engines not to index.  It does not really matter if people find it or refer others directly but it’s better if you control the process. You could also provide it via email installments.

With both those options, they can start list building which simply means creating an audience.  An audience that they know are interested in the topic and that they can connect with in the future.

In this case, the author already has both a published book on Amazon and a Udemy course to promote.  Providing the free report/guide or mini-course is a perfect way to create the audience and provide more opportunities to up-sell to those.